Nozstock Q&A | Danny Byrd

Ahead of 2019’s HUGE hospitality takeover, we got to sit down with Drum & Bass heavyweight, hospital records stalwart, and one of the scene’s true greats, Danny Byrd, to discuss all things 2019, his previous performance at Nozstock, the release of Atomic Funk and festival experiences.

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1.) First of all, welcome back! You return to The Cubicles this year after your live set here at Noz in 2015. How would you say your music has changed from then to now?

Thank you for having me! I loved the show back in 2015. I remember finding out my grandad has passed away on the day of the gig so was a bit sad, but the gig really cheered me up and reminded me life is for living. Nozstock was such a unique vibe and the 2015 was a show I will always remember. I suppose my music has got a little bit funkier and sub bass lead since those times, but always hard to say, I try and be as diverse as I can if possible. 


2.) Last year was a pretty busy year for you, with the release of your fourth album ‘Atomic Funk’. What projects are you working on in 2019?

Well I still feel like im in Atomic Funk mode, that started in January 2018 when Annie Mac made “Devils Drop” hottest record in the world and I feel like it haesnt stopped since then. Generally when you release an album, the real impact happens up to 6 months after, so im busier in 2019 touring than probably 2018. I have been working on new stuff in the studio, I have a remix of Ninja Man for the Jetstar project on Hospital coming in July which I’m excited for. 


3.) You have been signed to Hospital Records from the very beginning! How has the DnB genre and its community evolved since you were signed nearly 20 years ago?

I feel that D&B is so much bigger now than it was then, it is has such a bigger audience. One thing that people like DJ Fresh & Sigma did is being on day time radio has made people grow up with the 174BPM template and made it feel less alien than it was. Hence more people then discover the more underground side of the music and its grown into this real big industry. Only you can tell me wether thats a good thing or bad, but on the whole a bigger audience is always good for any artist. Back in 2000 the liquid musical side of D&B was the niche too, so that felt very exciting to be part of that at the time. Artists like Carlito & Addiction, High Contrast, Marcus Intalex (RIP) were really making some forward thinking music. Throughout the 2000’s that sound became much more popular, and also coincided with the rise of Hospital.

4.) On your latest album, you have collaborated with the likes of Maduk, I-Kay, Ownglow and more. Who would be your dream collaboration, alive or dead?

I was saying this on my Radio show the other day that someone like Anderson Paak would be amazing on a jungle track, or maybe even someone like Drake that would be mad. Drake loves the UK sound that it doesn’t seem as far fetched as you’d imagine. Personally I wouldn’t like the responsibility of such a collaboration but I think Shy FX & Drake would be next level!

5.) Describe to us the minute before you walk on stage in 3 words.

Where’s my headphones?

6.) Are there any upcoming DnB artists we should be keeping an eye on in the next year? 

I love what Nightshift is doing on Get Hype records, Love Mozey, hes making some bangers…. Actually there is so much great new talent I can’t keep up in all honesty!

7.) What’s the most memorable festival performance you’ve witnessed and why? 

Maybe not a festival but Anderson Paak at the 02 Brixton last year was pretty nuts! He brought out Dr Dre and the place just exploded!

8.) Which song are you giving the most plays at the moment?

Fixate – Ripgroove bootleg is currently a sure fire reload! Plus Prototypes bootleg of Fisher – Losing it!

9.) Finally what three things can’t you live without at a festival?

Phone, portable battery & vibes!

To catch Danny Byrd at Nozstock 2019, make sure to be at The Cubicles on Friday Night for the HospitalityDNB takeover which also includes, Kings of the Rollers, @Keeno, Unglued, Inja & Carasel.

Enter the Cabinet of Lost Secrets | 2019

Welcome welcome welcome! Don’t be shy! Get down our tunnel and see what’s inside The Cabinet of Lost Secrets for 2019; back for more quirky, multi-roomed mischief and with a host of massive world grooves, beats, performance and other surprises, what are you waiting for?

Make your way down into our burrow on Friday and get into the swing gently with powerful spoken word from Birmingham performer Joe Cook, followed by a quick trim or fluff from those cheeky Demon Barbers of the Cabinet, (something for the weekend sir?). Then get your groove going with our resident DJ funksters – including Funky Navigation and Beatwell & Dante bringing the best latin, afro, funk, disco and soul to the garden every day from afternoon onwards.

Opening up our main stage on Friday, we have some gorgeous roots reggae from Kingsley Salmon and the Occupation, then get soul-tastic in time for Bristol’s The Bare Souls. Stepping up the gypsy/balkan/party beats, Punch the Sky are next, followed by a serious dose of funk-punk from Manchester’s Ask My Bull. A small busk style interlude with bizarre tin man the Junkoactive Wasteman and friends, and then our Friday night tops off with the simply fabulous and super amazingly strange Henge – if you haven’t seen them then you really need to and we feel that the Cabinet will be a special place for this!

Taking us on an electronic and beatsy journey, we bring Worcestershire and BBC 6 Music lad, Inwards to the mix.  Look out for the weird and wonderful Collective Unconscious as well as some other strange characters…..

Saturday we start up the action with our resident sing-a-long favourite Play it again Dan warming up those vocal cockles, plus the Demon Barbers, scissors at the ready and Dj-ing in the garden where you also might stumble upon Larsey and his cosmic afro disco-party.

The main room is opened by a special tombola crazy set from everyone’s favourite festival band, The Stiff Joints. London’s 7Suns are next with big latin and world moves, then only the slickest of soul from The Happy Daggers. Year of the Dog follow on with some stellar swing sounds, then those rowdy Eastern European & Greek inspired bunch Hallouminati are back to the Cabinet again to insure you move and wiggle your wobble!

Catch the Junkoactive Wasteman doing his tin-thing for a second time around, before the darkly beat-heavy electronic Rosebud brings a close to our Saturday evening.

Feeling creative on the fine Sunday morning? Hop on over to our Life Drawing Class for some time out of the festival madness. Play it again Dan & the Demon Barbers pop back for some Sunday lunching. The garden rocks it with our fabulous DJ’s in the caravan, before we welcome the stunningly unusual Boss Morris for some not-so-traditional hypnotic dancing. A good dose of African and afrobeat rhythms from Olubundi, then ska-skank it with Birmingham band Lobster before we ease back into our loungers for some slick jazz and funk courtesy of Bristol’s finest Snazzback.

That only leaves room for one more thing – and that’s our Sunday night funk jam with Funky Navigation, to totally groove, move and shimmy into the rest of the night.

You can read more about our 2019 lineup here.

100 Days to go!

That’s right, there’s just 100 days til Nozstock. 100 days til you’re back on the farm. Just 100 days til we do it all over again.

The emerald city awaits, the yellow brick road shrinks into the horizon with the simultaneously rising sun. Summer is coming, and not even the Wicked Witch of the south West midlands can stop us now. All roads lead to Noz.

100 days til you come home. 

You’ve read all about our lengthy lineup, with all manner of musical mastery spreading from stage-to-stage like wildfire. From singing-your-heart-out to Rudimental, dancing-all-night-long-to Soul II Soul, to having-your-face-melted by Kings of The Rollers, the land of Noz is already stupidly well-stocked with magical sounds to cast a spell over you.

Soon comes news of our second-lineup announcement. All I can say for now is it’s gonna be big…

With so much more to come in terms of news, competitions and more, keep posted on our social media channels to keep up to date with all things Noz. We’ve got some wicked competitions & prizes in store for you, so make sure to enter to be in with a chance of winning. Keep an eye out each week (as I’m sure you’ve noticed) we’ve been posting stage promo’s with extra details on all acts from lineup release one, and soon we’ll have our shiny new website up and running for your viewing pleasure. Exciting times!

Thanks Nozstockers. With love, 

Noz HQ

Bromyard’s Boneyard | Elephant’s Grave 2019

Come to dance in the Elephant’s Grave… Part boneyard, part raveyard, the Elephants Grave is Nozstock’s spiritual home to all-things-Reggae-&-House. That may not seem the most typical blend, and that’s because the Elephant’s Grave’s not the most typical place…

Launched in 2017, the Elephant’s Grave hosts Reggae by day and by night, House Raids. A firm favourite since it’s induction to the magical land of Noz, The Elephant’s Grave 2019 is bouncing back with a vengeance, and with a few familiar faces you’ll be happy to hear are returning to tear it up again.

REGGAE BY DAY

Gorilla Tactics

Badboy events promotion & production collective. Bringing the party to the South West from 2014 til infinity, Gorilla Tactics curate regular nights in Bristol & Bath as well as running festival stages all over the UK – including Wrong Side Of The Tracks at Boomtown. Their motto: to bring fun to anywhere, one or thing! 

Subwork Takeover TBC

Bass collective Subwork return to the Elephants Grave, ran by our very own Garden stage co-ordinator Tenz. A Brap FM regular, Tenz know’s a thing or to about curating a great lineup. With the Subwork set-list still to be confirmed, you can bet there’s something special in store.

HOUSE BY NIGHT

Data Transmission presents Shanghaied – line up tbc

Data Transmission feel just as passionate about good dance music as Nozstockers do, so it made perfect sense to invite them back to take the reigns again for Friday night at Elephant’s Grave. The online dance music authority, DT’s wide scope means they have one of the busiest news sections around, with interviews and features from the worlds most exciting DJ talent.

10 Years of Whartone Records ft. Sonny Wharton, Dom Kane, Dirty Secretz, Luke Stanger, Kid Cut, House Meanz House & more tba

After unforgettable takeovers at Noz 17 and 18, head honcho Sonny Wharton and crew return to Elephants Grave to celebrate 10 Years of the amazing Whartone Records. Founded in 2009, it’s been an incredible decade for them. Whartone Records has drawn support from the likes of Carl Cox, Pete Tong and Roger Sanchez, received plays on Radio 1, Kiss FM and Capital and celebrated numerous top 10’s across the download stores. With a huge line up including Sonny Wharton, Dom Kane, Dirty Secretz, Luke Stanger, Left Stereo Right ~ live, Kid Cut, House Meanz House and more tba, we can’t wait to see what their tenth birthday party will bring… 

Sonny Wharton

A firm fixture in the House and Techno scene, Sonny Wharton has established himself as one of the finest DJ/Producers to emerge from the UK in recent years. Sonny’s skillful ability to captivate the audience with his energetic performance and diverse track selection is what prominently positions him behind the decks of many of the world’s biggest clubs and festivals. Whilst sharing the bill with everyone from Laurent Garnier and Steve Lawler, to Armand Van Helden and Eric Prydz, Sonny consistently delivers on a global scale playing everywhere from Pacha, Sao Paolo and the Berlin Love Parade in Germany to London’s legendary Ministry of Sound and the iconic Glastonbury Festival. Holding international residencies at both Club Octagon in Seoul and Solidaritet in Stockholm, Sonny’s DJ career has been solid from the start. 

Dom Kane

As an artist, 2016 saw Dom Kane signed to mau5trap, with his music having previously been heard globally in DJ sets from the likes of Deadmau5 and James Zabiela to name a few, with plays on BBC Radio 1 and Capital FM. As a DJ, Dom has held residencies at some of the world’s most legendary clubs. As a sound designer, the name Dom Kane has appeared in factory presets for synthesisers including FXpansion (D-CAM & Geist), Xfer (Nerve/Serum) and the legendary hardware synth company Moog (Animoog, Little Phatty, Slim Phatty, Sub 37 Tribute). Since Dom Kane was featured with an Artist Series sample pack on Loopmasters back in 2008, his sound banks and samples have appeared in studios worldwide via his own label Quantum Loops too. The past few years alone saw Dom Kane ascending fast amongst the ranks of House music producers: his singles and remixes topping the online Top 40 (Signal Rejected, Space, Blagger); as well as having a full artist feature and front cover DVD in Future Music Magazine. His music has appeared on TV channels including; Sky1 (Got To Dance), Channel 4 (Embarrassing Bodies), E4 (Made In Chelsea) and Channel 5 (Celebrity Big Brother) to name a few.

Dirty Secretz

Dirty Secretz is one of house music’s most exciting artists. With tracks unleashed on respected house music labels including Skint, Stealth and Nervous alongside a wealth of track support from Armand Van Helden, Todd Terry and Fatboy Slim to name a few, it’s easy to see why this Leicester-based DJ is causing a fuss on both sides of the Atlantic. Dirty Secretz music frequently hits the radio airwaves with support across BBC Radio 1, Kiss FM & Capital. From remixing legendary artists X-Press 2 & K-Klass to focusing on his solo releases and DJing for Rolling Stone, Dirty Secretz refuses to stand still.

Luke Stanger

Nothing quite expresses those summer festival vibes better than upbeat, groovy house music, and nobody does upbeat, groovy house music like Luke Stanger. With that catchy vocal, a cheeky nod to the rave days and another funk enfused bassline Luke’s next single ‘Acid House’, forthcoming on Whartone Records, will transport you from the rolling Hills of Herefordshire to the glistening beaches of Miami.

Welcome to the Garden 2019

Garden stage
The Garden Stage 2018

Welcome to the Garden – Nozstock’s booming backyard. Our melting pot of bass music is back with a bang. Home to hip-hop, drum & bass, reggae, rock and everything in between, everyone is welcome in our garden – as long as you abide by our one rule. It better be loud.

By day the Garden is an idyllic scene overlooking lake Noz – a perfect spot to soak in the sun and visit the garden bar – all to the soundtrack of some dazzling music. By Night? It’s a haven of bright lights, thundering beats and ear-shattering basslines.

Garden Bar

This year we’ve got an arsenal of musical weaponry ready to launch assault on your eardrums. Heading up the lineup – we’ve got UK dance heavyweight DJ Zinc. Sending heavy subs and skatty breaks since the days of Super Sharp Shooter, Zinc’s legendary status is in no doubt to those in the scene. Traversing through all areas of UK Bass music, from d&b, ragga-infused jungle, 2-step garage and traditional breakbeat, Zincs gathered a fair few tricks up his sleeve over his 25+ years in the game. After leaving the D&B scene for a while in the mid-noughties and moving onto pastures new, recent performances including dynamic b2b’s with special request have re-energised Zinc, and he’s here at The Garden, ready to teach us a thing or two.

Alongside Zinc we’ve got one of underground musics most renowned hosts in SP:MC. An unbelievably versatile MC and undeniably talented rapper in his own right, SP’s hosted events for Metalheadz, Autonomic, Hospital, Digital Soundboy, Soul:R, Innerground and more as well as his own label Shogun Audio. SP’s ability to guide you through a set is second-to none, his talkative delivery glides you through the dance, making you feel as if every word is exactly in its right place. As well as MCing, SP is a renowned DJ in his own right, with his records garnering heavy rotation from D&B icons such as Andy C, DJ Marky, Friction & Goldie

Randall at Nozstock

Joining the D&B crew we have veteran DJ & Nozstock regular Randall. with a career spanning over two decades, Randall has steadily built a reputation as one of the best DJ’s the UK has to offer, bringing an army weighty dubplates every time he steps up to DJ. A true D&B and Jungle legend, Randall’s set is never one to be missed.

Representing the Jump-up side of D&B, we have DJ & producer Turno. With a growing presence in the scene, Turno’s name is ever-present on lineups across the U.K, bringing a high energy- quick mixed pace to the dance. With bangers such as The Invaderz being heard frequently in the rave, Turno’s face-melters are sure to be blessing the D&B scene for years to come. Not for the faint hearted.

As per usual we have some pillars of the UK Hip-Hop community representing on The Garden stage. This year we’ve got iconic bar-spitters from across the isles, both past and present.

Mud Family originator and Finsbury Park icon Skinnyman, will be blessing our ears with his street wisdom-laced lyricism this year. Reinstating his importance as one of UK Hip-Hop’s most distinctive and important voices with a string of performances over the last few years, Skinnymans politically-charged bars motivated and inspired a generation of hiphop heads with unforgettable tunes such as “I’ll be surprised” and “Fuck the hook”  from the culturally profound “Council Estate of Mind” — and now he’s back, mic in hand, ready to do it all again.

Joining him we have two High Focus Records stalwarts ready to bring some bars to the Garden in Dabbla and Jam Baxter. Both rappers possess the unique ability to bounce, weave, duck and dodge between darkness-laden flows and bouncy jovial beats – balancing murkiness and playfulness as if it were notihing.

Baxter’s outlandish content & trailblazing style presents him as one fo the most enigmatically engrossing acts in the UK Hip-Hop scene. Known for old-school hip-hop staples such as Brains, these days Baxter tends to experiment with his flow and style – tracks such as “for a limited time only” and “mask” show his sonic exploration, but his signature personality always remains the most prevalent factor.

Dabbla’s dexterity from boom-bap to trap allows him to bring an energy to his music which permeates throughout his live performances – his rapid-fire flow has been known to cast a spell of carnage from stage to audience. From Psychoville to Death Moves, Dabbla’s lyrical skill and darkness casts a mesmerising spell when he’s on-mic – we can’t wait to see what these two High Focus OG’s have in store.

We’re delighted to welcome back genre-bending grime-punk fusers Pengshui. Made up of Prav (Foreign Beggars), Illaman and Submotion Orchestra’s Fatty, each artists brings a bag-full of musical pedigree, which combines to form a fiery blaze of musical energy. After last years performance there was no way we could keep them off the lineup this year. If you like your music hard, this isn’t one to miss. Here’s an example of the energy you can expect.

Gardna at the Garden Stage

Bringing the flavour this year we’re buzzing to see what our Boom Sound takeover has in offer. Head Honcho Gardna has steadily built a reputation out of Bristol with his mic-controlling mastery – from dancehall to reggae and D&B. Joining him we have MC and singer Eva Lazarus, slowly on her way to stardom, conquering each genre one by one – all while unsigned and self-managed. There’s nothing this woman can’t do, from reggae bangers with Mungos Hi-Fi (Amsterdam & Live my life), to big name crossovers with Swindle (Knowledge), Eva’s versatility presents her as one of the most exciting voices in the UK Bass scene right now. 

Joining them for Boom Sound we have chameleonic DJ & producer Prince Fatty and his trusted MC Horseman. Both respected artists in their own right, Fatty and Horseman drew attention as a duo from a collection of dub-sprinkled, reggae-topped hip-hop covers. With tracks such as Shimmy Shimmy Ya and Insane in the Membrane  getting dropped regularly at sound-system nights across the U.K, theres no doubt you’ve heard Fatty’s bouncing-steppas and Horseman’s deep patois flow in a dance near you. Not one to miss – it’s gonna be a lot of fun. 

Joining them we have Boom Sound residents Kreed, Asbo Disco and Fat Stash who will be handling proceedings from the decks. 

Representing the ever-growing UK Bassline scene, we have one of the scenes most prominent next-gen artists in Notion. With tracks such as Vex garnering support from UKF and B2B’s with baseline VIP’s Darkzy, Skepsis, Holy Goof and Bru-C, Notions stock is rising within the UK bass music community.

Reppin the Old School we have breakbeat & Hip-Hop DJ A Skillz. The U.K based artist is known for masterfully chopping and flexing funk with Hip-Hop (Poppa Soul) and we’re excited to see what his progressive mixing has in-store for us this year. 

Rounding off the Garden stage this year we have Nozstock regulars Rumble in the Jungle, sure to bring the steppa style thats catapulted them to the forefront of Bristol’s lively music scene.